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The above is from the NHL Constitution, filed in a Phoenix courtroom and now a matter of public record. Just in case you were wondering what will happen when the NHL goes bankrupt and the KHL takes over the world ...

The Toronto Star's Kevin McGran writes about these new disclosures in the hearing over the Phoenix Coyotes, and the Star has posted .PDF files of the NHL Constitution and the NHL's Bylaws. Scanning the bylaws is a good time; did you know that "no deciding game in any series may be played on neutral ice" if a team's home arena is unavailable for a playoff game for some reason?

Two other interesting pieces of news from the Phoenix Coyotes mess: That Jim Balsillie's lawyer expects the Toronto Maple Leafs to sue the NHL should a franchise move to Hamilton; and this news relayed by the Globe and Mail:

NHL Commission Gary Bettman revealed in a court filing Friday night that the league has received a "preliminary background application" from four potential buyers for the Coyotes including Howard Sokolowski and David Cynamon, co-owners of the Argonauts. The other applications have come from Jerry Reinsdorf, owner of the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Bulls, as well as current Coyotes co-owner John Breslow and another unidentified Phoenix businessman.

Canadian Football League owners Sokolowski and Cynamon would operate the club in Phoenix, according to Gary Bettman. That'll go over well with the Make It Seven crowd.

Remember: Stanley Cup Final Game 5 live blog tonight at 7:45 p.m. EST.

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